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Ways to work with HCDE students this school year

July 19, 2023

Four students around a table in Sieg Student Lounge. Students are writing on the whiteboard table and all looking at an ipad interface.

The University of Washington's Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering welcomes alumni and industry professionals to collaborate with current students this upcoming school year. Below find opportunities for individual engagement and company-level collaboration. 


Guest lecture, present on a career panel, or review student portfolios 

One-time event, based on your schedule

HCDE welcomes in-person and virtual engagement from our industry and alumni community for classes and our professional development events. Tell us about yourself and your interests here »

Mentor a pod of students

January - May, 2024

Meet monthly with a group of HCDE students between January through May 2024. Discussion topics might include interviewing skills, portfolios, LinkedIn profiles, whiteboarding practice, navigating job descriptions, salaries and negotiation, networking techniques, UX titles, pivoting to UX from other industries, and other topics of interest to the specific pod. Sign up to mentor a pod here »

Review master’s applications

Winter 2024, opportunity for HCDE alumni only

Applications for the HCDE master's program have increased significantly over the past three years, and we greatly appreciate HCDE master's alumni who can assist with the application review process. A volunteer training is provided in January 2024. Sign up as an application reviewer here »


Propose a usability study

January - March: submit a proposal by December 15, 2023

Does your organization have an interface that might benefit from a usability study? In winter quarter (January through March), first-year master’s students conduct usability studies on client projects. Students present a usability report at the end of their course. View sample usability studies reports here, and submit a usability study proposal here »

Sponsor a capstone Project

January - June: submit a proposal by October 15, 2023

HCDE students rely on real-world design challenges to complete their HCDE learning experience. Last Spring, we had a record number of 51 capstone projects and as our program grows, so do the number of student teams who benefit from sponsorship. View last year’s capstone projects, and propose a capstone project here »

Design for good projects

HCDE's new Community Partner Program encourages students to use their skills to improve our world. If you are involved with a non-profit that could benefit from collaborating with HCDE students, email HCDE's Outreach Manager Melissa Ewing at



If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please send questions to HCDE's Outreach Manager Melissa Ewing at
HCDE aims to provide great student experiences, and this would not be possible without the support of our alumni and industry partners.